I am trying to fix the frequency of all the cores to some constant value, with no success.


  • Computer with 2 Intel Xeon Gold 6130 CPU, with 16 cores each
  • Kernel 4.9.0-8-amd64
  • Intel p-state driver


First, the initial state of my system:

root@foo:~# cpufreq-info -p
1000000 3700000 powersave

Then, I try to change both the governor and the min/max frequencies (note that I also tried with lower frequency values):

root@foo:~# cpupower -c all frequency-set -g performance -d 3700000 -u 3700000
Setting cpu: 0
Setting cpu: 1
Setting cpu: 30
Setting cpu: 31

Checking that this was successful:

root@foo:~# cpufreq-info -p
3700000 3700000 performance

However, when I look at the current frequencies of the cores, none of them has the desired frequency:

root@foo:~# grep MHz /proc/cpuinfo
cpu MHz         : 2799.957
cpu MHz         : 1000.012
cpu MHz         : 1000.012

Similar result with these commands:

root@foo:~# cat /sys/devices/system/cpu/cpu*/cpufreq/scaling_cur_freq
root@foo:~# cpupower frequency-info
analyzing CPU 0:
  driver: intel_pstate
  CPUs which run at the same hardware frequency: 0
  CPUs which need to have their frequency coordinated by software: 0
  maximum transition latency:  Cannot determine or is not supported.
  hardware limits: 1000 MHz - 3.70 GHz
  available cpufreq governors: performance powersave
  current policy: frequency should be within 3.70 GHz and 3.70 GHz.
                  The governor "performance" may decide which speed to use
                  within this range.
  current CPU frequency: 1.59 GHz (asserted by call to hardware)
  boost state support:
    Supported: yes
    Active: yes


How can I fix the frequency of the cores?

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